1. Relationships are complicated, and as Cary Ann Hearst says of her marriage and Shovels & Rope musical partner Michael Trent, “It’s a strange thing to be held accountable as part of the musical act.”

    Photo: Molly Hayes

  2. LISTEN: Fuzz-rock mastermind Ty Segall spins a few of his favorite records on All Songs Considered and explains how he changed everything to make his new album Manipulator.

  3. ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: So to expand the scope outside of Flatbush into the New York culture and lifestyle — how does that shape you guys? Because your lyrics are beyond the universe.

    ISSA: Yeah, I’m happy you said that, cause that was gonna be my answer to it. I feel like that goes back to what I was saying about New York and Brooklyn and Flatbush being at our root because I don’t really make music to try and revive New York. I find we get thrown into that. And it’s awesome that we get thrown into that, but it’s like, I have a universal perspective. I’m trying to make music for the universe. I mean — that sounded weird.

    The Underachievers on Microphone Check

  4. I want to start with a song, something that if I had written it 50 years before now, it would have meant something and today it’s gonna mean something and 50 years from now its gonna mean something.

    Smokey Robinson on “I Second That Emotion” in a guest DJ session on All Songs Considered

  5. Billy Joe Shaver writes country songs — and lives them, too

  6. Listen: Tom Petty on NPR’s All Things Considered

  7. FRANNIE KELLEY: I would say, as a fan, you loom large in my understanding of hip-hop. And I get the deference to Tribe and all them, but in some ways, your name never left people’s minds — partly because it’s a really good name, and partly because your sensibility has stayed intact. Although, we were just talking, this new album does feel like a departure for you in some ways. Do you hear it like that or no?

    CORMEGA: A lot of awakenings have happened in my life and I just wanted my music to reflect that, because at this point in my career, everything that I do now is for legacy — it’s really not about the money. A lot of people do it for the money, but I could get a job and get money, or do other things, but right now it’s about legacy. It’s like, to be mentioned amongst the greats but feel that I deserve there, like I deserve to be mentioned. So that’s what this album is about. I just try to show growth and I just really think it was necessary in this time because our genre — when I say genre, our genre, I’m talking about lyricism and real conscious hip-hop or the skills — that hip-hop seems like it’s under attack or they trying to, like, push it out. I felt like this album was very necessary and I just want to be a soldier for my culture.

    Cormega on NPR’s Microphone Check. 

  8. The stage becomes insignificant, the setting becomes insignificant, and you fall in love with the music and get in that state of relaxation and from there, the interaction and performance come to be.

    Chronnix on being one of the few reggae artists ever to appear on fallontonight

  9. Dear “Weird Al,” we’re really glad you never became an architect

  10. "There is no such thing as subculture in 2014."
Imagine a dystopian cocktail of Tim Hecker and Perfect Pussy, and that kind of gives you an idea about noise duo York Factory Complaint. 
Photo: Gillian Bowling

    "There is no such thing as subculture in 2014."

    Imagine a dystopian cocktail of Tim Hecker and Perfect Pussy, and that kind of gives you an idea about noise duo York Factory Complaint

    Photo: Gillian Bowling